‘Industrialization Event’ between ASELSAN and SAHA Istanbul


Şaduman UNUTMAZ-Haluk KARAASLAN/ANKARA, (DHA) | Thursday, 08 July 2021 – 16:31 | Last Updated : 08 07 2021 – 16:31

In Ankara, ASELSAN came together with SAHA Istanbul member companies at the Industrialization Event. ASELSAN Chairman of the Board and General Manager Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün said, “As one of the first foundation companies to become members of SAHA Istanbul, we continue our cooperation and believe that we have created an intense synergy within this framework. We are currently working actively with more than 250 companies that are members of SAHA, and even 17 of our 50 strategic partners. Most of them are SAHA member companies,” he said.

ASELSAN came together with the Defense, Aviation and Space Clustering Association SAHA Istanbul member companies at the Industrialization Event held in Ankara. The event, attended by nearly 200 member companies from 12 provinces, started with the opening speeches of ASELSAN Chairman and General Manager Haluk Görgün, SAHA Istanbul Secretary General İlhami Keleş and ASELSAN Supply Chain Management Deputy General Manager Nuh Yılmaz. Within the scope of the all-day event, many stakeholders of ASELSAN from all fields of work will be brought together with SAHA Istanbul companies. During the meeting, nearly 700 inter-company meetings will be held with approximately 200 company representatives. During the talks, many topics will be touched on, from nationalization to supply chain, from R&D to technology and strategy management. Potential opportunities to increase bilateral cooperation will be evaluated.

’17 OF OUR 50 STRATEGIC PARTNERS ARE FIELD MEMBER’

Görgün, Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of ASELSAN, said, “I am very pleased to have met here today with the valuable members of SAHA Istanbul, Turkey’s largest defense industry cluster, coming from different provinces. SAHA Istanbul has been around since the day it was founded. While increasing the number of its members, it plays a critical role in expanding the ecosystem, especially in the defense industry.After the SAHA EXPO Defense Industry fair, which it held for the first time in 2018, it took it one step further in the pandemic year and held the world’s first 3D virtual EXPO fair. I am also happy, both as a teacher and as an industrialist, that the company takes many innovative steps on behalf of the sector.During my rector, Gebze Technical University was also one of the important stakeholders of SAHA Istanbul, making joint projects with member companies, such as making use of the laboratory facilities of the Technical University. We have signed many collaborations. In ASELSAN, as one of the first foundation companies to become a member of SAHA Istanbul, we continue to cooperate and we believe that we have created an intense synergy within this framework. We are actively working with more than 250 companies that are currently SAHA members; even 17 of our 50 strategic partners are SAHA member companies. Today, I think that this industrialization event will increase the cooperation between us,” he said.

‘THE THOUSAND 200 ARE DOMESTIC COMPANIES’

Noting that they brought some of SAHA Istanbul’s members together with ASELSAN, Yılmaz, ASELSAN Supply Chain Management Deputy General Manager, said, “At this event, we experience together with our companies how easy it is to reach ASELSAN. More than 100 senior experts from ASELSAN, SAHA They analyze the competencies of our Istanbul companies, how we can establish a common working platform with them and how we can increase our nationalization rate within the scope of ASELSAN’s nationalization vision. Our suppliers over 5 thousand are made up of 3 thousand 200 domestic companies. If our country wants to increase the localization rates in the National Technology Move ASELSAN should focus on working with companies. ASELSAN is aware of this and fulfills its responsibility by holding such events. Currently, we will hold more than 700 meetings at 35 tables until the evening, this is the biggest B2B event held during the coronavirus period. I hope it will be very useful. We’ll take nudes,” he said.